Sales tax waived on qualifying ENERGY STAR products
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Comptroller Peter Franchot is urging Marylanders to take advantage of big savings as part of the annual Shop Maryland Energy weekend from Saturday, February 17, through Monday, February 19. These three days, consumers will not pay the state's six percent sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.
"Shop Maryland Energy weekend is a great time to take advantage of potentially hundreds of dollars in savings on ENERGY STAR products that are good for the environment," Comptroller Franchot said. "Whatever modest sacrifice this tax-free shopping weekend creates for the state budget, it's minimal compared to the relief consumers will feel when purchasing Energy Star products completely tax-free."
The Comptroller will visit the following cities and towns to promote Shop Maryland Energy weekend. Details about each visit will be released ahead of the planned stops.
Hagerstown: Tuesday, January 30
Pikesville: Monday, February 12
Cambridge: Thursday, February 15
Silver Spring: Friday, February 16
During the Shop Maryland Energy event, air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats that have been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy will be tax-free. A list of ENERGY STAR items may be found at energystar.gov/products or at marylandtaxes.com.